Woodrow Wilson Student Leadership Program



"No Man That Does Not See Visions Will Ever Realize Any High Hope or Undertake Any High Enterprise."        

                                                                                                                         - Woodrow Wilson

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is offering an exciting initiative for outstanding high school students who demonstrate leadership, integrity, and academic excellence.  Twenty students will be selected from the public, private, and home school population.

Participants in this program will learn about the contributions made by Woodrow Wilson and will apply his principles as they assume leadership roles.  Students will be given the opportunity to improve personal skills which will benefit them as they apply for college and subsequent employment.  The program will conclude with a trip to Washington with a tour of the capitol and a visit to a senator’s office.

Applicants must be entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade, complete an application, and provide two letters of recommendation from teachers.  There is no charge for the program but participants will be responsible for personal expenses such as transportation to and from the library. We are committed to providing an invaluable opportunity to the students who are selected.

Application Deadline: TBD.

Tentative dates for events:  Coming Soon!



Please note, your application is not complete until you have completed the survey and we have received two letters of recommendation.

For more information please email museumeducator@woodrowwilson.org


did you know?

Wilson was president throughout World War I. He attempted to keep America out of the war and even won reelection with the slogan "He kept us out of war." Nonetheless, after the sinking of the Lusitania, continued run-ins with German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, America became involved. with the Lusitania, the continued harassment of American ships by German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram meant that America joined the allies in April, 1917.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation